Frequently Asked Questions

List of Accepted Organics;

  • Curbside Organics Collection is every week
  • Green bins must be less than 16kg or 35lbs
  • Please continue to compost in your backyard

CVRD Drop-off Depots & Free Stores offer free yard waste drop off, in addition to many other additional garbage items for free or charge.

Please put these paper items in your curbside recycling container:

  • Gable-top cartons for juice, milk, cream, egg substitutes
  • Paper cups
  • Paper fast-food packaging (that has a plastic coating)
  • Ice cream cartons

Although these products are sometimes lined with wax coatings which are acceptable in the organics collection, manufacturers are starting to switch to plastic linings which leads to contamination of our organics material. 

Acceptable Organics 

Acceptable Items Do Not Include
  • Coffee grounds, filters & tea bags
  • Pizza boxes
  • Cooked food & leftovers
  • Meat & fish scraps/bones
  • Egg shells
  • Dairy & butter
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Nuts & shells
  • Bread & cereal
  • Used paper plates & cups
  • Cut & dried flowers
  • Napkins and tissues
  • Other soiled paper products (without plastic coatings)


  • Look for these logos !


  • Yard and garden waste
  • Plastic & plastic lined paper products
  • Pet waste & litter
  • Styrofoam
  • Sanitary products
  • Soiled diapers & contaminated cotton balls
  • Biodegradeable bags - use compostable liners only (look for logos shown in accepted items) 


 Tips to Reduce Odours

  • Empty your kitchen catcher frequently; wash or rinse containers as needed.  
  • Don't leave food waste exposed; keep container lids tightly closed.  
  • Line the bottom of your containers with newspaper or paper towel to absorb moisture.  
  • Freeze meat, fish, poultry or bones and put them in your green bin on your collection day.  
  • Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda, garden lime or vinegar in your containers.  
  • Store your green bin in a secure, cool, ventilated location.  
  • Put your green bin out for collection every week even if it is not full.